The SOLD Project

We believe that education is the key to preventing child exploitation. Our mission is to prevent child prostitution through culturally relevant programs for vulnerable children and to share their stories to empower creative, compassionate people to act. Beginning as a documentary, we are now a grassroots non-profit offering scholarship and resources to at-risk children in rural northern Thailand. Our work is two-fold: prevention through education in Thailand and raising global awareness.
Jun 10, 2013

We're making progress!

Breaking ground on the new classroom
Breaking ground on the new classroom

Hi friends,

Phase 1 is finally under construction! With 140 students in our scholarship program now and so many children and community members taking advantage of our Resource Center, the new building will make a huge difference—and allow us to invite even more children and families to participate in The Freedom Project!

This building will provide:

  • Two new classrooms, including a dedicated computer lab
  • Spaces for private meetings and counseling sessions
  • A small kitchen/cafe area
  • Secure storage for student information
  • An office for on-site staff

Thanks to your gifts, we can finish the foundation and most of the first floor this summer! We still need an additional $12,000 to build the roof and finish the second floor.

Fortunately...

GlobalGiving is giving away money!

On Wednesday, June 12, when you give to The SOLD Project, GlobalGiving will match your gift at 50 percent!

That means your $20 gift magically becomes $30, your $50 gift magically becomes $75, and your $1,000 gift magically becomes $1,500! Will you help us spread the word?

Thank you for believing in us and giving so generously to support our mission. We couldn't be more proud to partner with you.

With hope,

Michael

Making progress
Making progress
Jun 3, 2013

A spring to remember

23 students celebrate their graduation
23 students celebrate their graduation

Hello friends!

It's been an incredible spring for The SOLD Project, and we're excited to share three reasons why:

1) 23 students graduated in March

Even more exciting, ALL of them plan to continue their studiesIn a region where nearly half of all students drop out before middle school, these students’ accomplishments are amazing. Thank you for investing in their dreams and making this celebration possible!

2) We broke ground on a 2nd classroom

We've been raising funds for this much-needed building for some time, and Phase 1 is finally under construction! With 140 students in our scholarship program now and more and more children and community members taking advantage of after school programs, workshops, and weekend classes at our Resource Center, the new space will make a huge difference and allow us to invite even more children and families to participate in The Freedom Project.

3) GlobalGiving is giving away money

On Wednesday, June 12, every gift you make to The SOLD Project on GlobalGiving will be matched at 50 percent. That means your $20 gift magically becomes $30, your $50 gift magically becomes $75, and your $1,000 gift magically becomes $1,500! Matching begins at 9 a.m. EDT and lasts until funds run out.

There's more to share, but that's enough excitement for one day. : )

Thank you for believing in us and giving so generously to support our mission. Your investments are changing an entire community, and we couldn't be more proud to partner with you.

With hope,

Michael

Celebration
Celebration
Mar 12, 2013

Here we go!

Breaking ground on the new water tower
Breaking ground on the new water tower

Hello friends,

At long last, we're moving forward! We're finally poised to begin construction on the much-needed second classroom and, thanks in large part to some very generous gifts, we're more than halfway to our fundraising goal.

The architect is making final revisions on the plans right now, our local director has begun to purchase materials, and the builder is scheduled to start within a month. We can hardly wait.

Also, just last week, we broke ground on the water tower many of you helped fund last year!

Meanwhile, our existing classroom continues to buzz with kids, staff, and parents at the Resource Center. We've admitted 20 new students already this year, bringing the total number of scholarship students to 140. Jade, our Education Manager, continues to introduce new workshops and day camps, opening up a dialogue with kids about self worth, healthy relationships, conflict management, and all manner of vital topics as we continue to uncover needs and interest within the community. On the weekends the building is completely overrun for our English and computer classes.

This year we'll celebrate five years of service in this community, and, as we look around, it's truly astonishing how far we've come.

Hope has taken root here, and it is growing.

Thank you for believing in us, for loving these kids, and investing in this work.

With hope,

Michael

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